COLUMBUS, Kan. —
People who showed up Friday for a county auction of unwanted, unneeded or heavily used equipment and vehicles were seeking bargains.
Some found them.
The auction was held on a lot just north of the Cherokee County Jail. Delbert Rowden, Josh Green and David Holmes were the auctioneers.
There were some wrecked patrol cars on the auction block, which Cherokee County Commissioner Pat Collins described as “severely used.”
“I’m just seeing what stuff’s going to go for,” said Garric Alford, of rural Columbus, before the auction started.
“If something goes for cheap, I’ll buy it,” Jared Glover, of Columbus, said of his strategy.
Rick Edwards, of Columbus, said he had his eye on some items.
“I’m probably looking at the Jeeps and the boats,” he said. “I’m really surprised at how many people are here.”
Edwards said that might hurt his chances of finding a bargain, but it will help the county’s revenues.
Dennis Madison, of Seneca, Mo., was carrying away a hydraulic pump, for which he had paid $45.
“You’re looking at probably 780 bucks” for a new one, Madison said. He said he was happy with the purchase.
James Jones, of Rogers, Ark., bought a blower for a diesel tractor-trailer. He paid $200.
“It’s worth about $3,500, and it’s brand new,” Jones said.
He said he may not be done, because he also planned to bid on the Jeeps and the dump trucks.
Cheryl Haines, of Riverton, said she has a lawn mower and a garden hose, courtesy of her husband, Jim. Her birthday is next week and before long, her collection of gifts had grown larger.
Rowden described the lawn mower as having “belonged to a little old lady who mowed every Sunday after church.”
Chris Barrett, of Pittsburg, bought a security camera for his home for $42.50. He said he thought he got a good deal.
Other items on the list for the auction included a Spider-Man billfold, a Polaroid camera and a road grader.